Definition of baffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

baffle

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈbæfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæfl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they baffle
BrE BrE//ˈbæfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæfl//
 
he / she / it baffles
BrE BrE//ˈbæflz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæflz//
 
past simple baffled
BrE BrE//ˈbæfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæfld//
 
past participle baffled
BrE BrE//ˈbæfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæfld//
 
-ing form baffling
BrE BrE//ˈbæflɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæflɪŋ//
 
 
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to confuse somebody completely; to be too difficult or strange for somebody to understand or explain baffle somebody His behaviour baffles me. be baffled (as to) why, how, where, etc… I'm baffled as to why she hasn't called. I'm baffled why she hasn't called. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘cheat, deceive’): perhaps related to French bafouer ‘ridicule’ or obsolete French beffer ‘mock, deceive’.Extra examples I’m baffled by her decision. It baffles me why the show is so popular. Scientists are baffled as to why so many young people are affected.
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